The Master Beekeeper Program

The Bee Conservancy scholarship to Cornell University's Master Beekeeper Certification Program

TBC is offering six (6) scholarships to eCornell’s Master Beekeeping Certificate program for the 2023–24 academic year. These scholarships will be awarded to mid-level beekeepers with a minimum of three (3) years of beekeeping experience whose work with bees advances environmental stewardship, community resilience, and/or food justice.

This scholarship was made possible through a donation from Texas Roadhouse.

Recipients of The Bee Conservancy’s scholarship will:

  • Be enrolled in the course that begins in February 2023, at no cost to the recipient.
  • Receive a travel stipend not to exceed $300 to travel to Ithaca, NY in 2024 to take final exams if unable to complete the exams digitally.
  • Receive ongoing mentorship from The Bee Conservancy’s certified Master Beekeeper staff members.

A Cornell University Master Beekeeping Certificate from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Entomology will be awarded to individuals who complete the required coursework and receive a passing grade on the exam series.

Cornell’s Master Beekeeping Certificate Program:

  • Starts in February of 2023 and lasts until August 2024.
  • Consists of 4 online courses in Honey Bee Evolution, Biology, and Behavior; The Science and Art of Beekeeping; Managing Pests and Diseases; The Rewards and Contributions of Beekeeping
  • Culminates in a written, oral, and field exam series.

Scholarship awardees are required to:

  • Complete and receive a passing grade on all program coursework, including oral, written, and field exams.
  • Provide one (1) educational experience for TBC’s community.
  • Share their beekeeping story and course experience on TBC channels, and on the channels of scholarship partner Texas Roadhouse.
  • Attend mentorship and community building meetings with their cohort and TBC staff throughout the entirety of the course.


To be eligible for The Bee Conservancy’s Master Beekeeper Program you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Live in the United States of America.
  • Have at least 3 years of hands-on beekeeping experience.
  • Have access to a honey bee hive in your community.
  • Commit to completing and passing all
    course and field work, exams, and other activities required by Cornell to earn your Master Beekeeping Certificate.
  • Be able to cover any expenses outside of the $300 travel stipend to take final exams in Ithaca, NY, if unable to complete the exams digitally.
  • Be able to meet all of the technical requirements listed on this page to participate in an eCornell program.
  • Not be an affiliate, employee, or immediate family member of the selection committee members.

Meet Our 2022 Awardees

We believe that continuously building beekeeping skills is essential to ensure the health of honey bee colonies and, in turn, local ecosystems.

In addition, we recognize the power bees and beekeeping to inspire, educate, and strengthen communities.

Our 2022 awardees were selected for the amazing work they do to leverage beekeeping to advance environmental stewardship, community resilience, and food justice.

Their projects include honey bee research, training at-risk youth, and bolstering native lands, and span the entire United States, from Hawaii to Connecticut.  

Better Beekeeping Through In-Depth Education 

While quality beekeeping training can be costly and challenging to acquire, it is crucial for the health of honey bee hives and the local ecosystems they visit. Beekeepers have the power to mitigate disease, pests, starvation, and more when honey bees bees pollinate 80% of the world’s flowering plants — including one in three bites of food that we eat.

This program will provide essential continuing education for mid-level beekeepers, who in turn, can use their improved skills to improve hive health, build pathways for employment, and inspire new generations of bee stewards.


A note from our program sponsor: “Texas Roadhouse is proud to support The Bee Conservancy’s Master Beekeeper Program. This initiative helps communities take a step towards healthier bees and ecology through education in best management practices. We hope to inspire other companies or individuals to do the same.”